• Oklahoma State football: SI saga finally over

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 17 hr ago

    The Sports Illustrated report on OSU seemed fishy from the first. Calvin Mickens talked of getting paid hundreds of dollars from boosters in the locker room after a 62-23 loss at Texas A&M. Didn’t pass the smell test. Boosters don’t want to be in the locker room after a 39-point defeat, and boosters aren’t in […]

  • Jackie Robinson's daughter to speak at museum

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The daughter of Major League Baseball's first black player will be at the landmark Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City before the second game of the World Series. Robinson began his professional career with the Negro Leagues' Kansas City Monarchs in 1945 before joining the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. His daughter, Sharon Robinson, will speak Wednesday to a group of about 60 elementary school students. Her appearance is part of a program called "Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life." Participants learn and write about Jackie Robinson and how they can use his example to overcome obstacles. MLB says the program has reached more than 22 million youths.

  • Oklahoma State football: John Talley's attorney responds to latest twist in aftermath of Sports Illustrated's "The Dirty Game"

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    When news broke Tuesday that the NCAA and an outside consultant hired by Oklahoma State found three Level II violations against the Cowboy football program in the wake of Sports Illustrated Magazine’s “The Dirty Game,” one fact stood out. None of those violations were connected to John Talley.

  • Robredo beats Isner in straight sets at Valencia

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Tommy Robredo advanced to the second round of the Valencia Open by beating fifth-seeded John Isner 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Tuesday. Fellow Spaniards Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco also won first round matches. Robredo saved five break points to force a first-set tiebreaker, which he dominated and won after the American netted a forehand. In the second set, Robredo had no unforced errors and broke Isner before serving out the match at love. Robredo will next play Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan. The fourth-seeded Lopez moved past qualifier Norbert Gombos 6-4, 6-4 and will play Pablo Carreno Busta next. Verdasco had a tougher time but outlasted Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

  • Maryland knows it must stop Wisconsin's run game

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland's defense has one imposing objective Saturday at Wisconsin: neutralize running back Melvin Gordon and the nation's leading rushing attack. The Terrapins (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) can become bowl eligible for a second straight season with a win over the Badgers (4-2, 1-1). To do so, Maryland must find a way to keep Gordon from running rampant in Wisconsin's 55th game at venerable Camp Randall Stadium. Gordon, a 6-foot-1, 213-pound junior, leads the nation with an average of 174.3 yards per game as part of an offense that's averaging 343 yards rushing. Gordon averages a whopping 8.03 yards per carry and has scored 14 touchdowns. "We've got a tremendous challenge in trying to stop Melvin Gordon

  • No. 18 Pirates' receiver depth boosting offense

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Isaiah Jones is fine with seeing opposing defenses focusing on fellow receiver Justin Hardy in No. 18 East Carolina's passing game. That attention on Hardy is giving young wideouts like Jones and true freshman Trevon Brown chances to make plays in a prolific offense. And their emergence has given the Pirates more options downfield heading into Thursday's home game with Connecticut. Jones says the other receivers are getting more 1-on-1 chances downfield thanks to defensive attention on Hardy. Hardy is on pace to set the career record for most receptions in bowl subdivision history for the Pirates (5-1, 2-0 American Athletic Conference).

  • Wozniacki beats Sharapova at WTA Finals

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki credited her training for next month's New York Marathon as a key factor in her victory over Maria Sharapova in a grueling three-set match in the WTA Finals on Tuesday. Wozniacki won 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-2 to beat Sharapova for the second-straight time, having also won in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Tuesday's result in the round-robin match dealt a major blow to Sharapova's hopes of claiming the year-end No. 1 ranking. Wozniacki, who has always been regarded as one of the fittest players on tour, said her additional running work in preparation for the marathon had taken her stamina to a new level and also given her added belief in Tuesday's 3 hour, 15-minute match.

  • Judge grants hearing in Bishop McGuinness case against OSSAA

    jacob unruh | Updated: 18 hr ago

    A United States District judge has granted a hearing between Bishop McGuinness High School and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association regarding a preliminary injunction filed by the high school over a rule it contests unfairly targets private schools. The hearing will be Nov. 5 at 2 p.m., Judge Lee R. West ruled in his decision Tuesday. McGuinness is seeking the temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction regarding a rule that was established in 2011 that forces private-school athletic teams to move up a class if they meet certain requirements. McGuinness is asking the OSSAA to put in a cap prohibiting teams from moving above Class 5A.

  • Clawson: Wolford to start at QB for Wake

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson says quarterback John Wolford has shown no signs of a concussion and will start this week against Boston College. Wolford suffered a head injury in the second quarter of the Syracuse loss. Syracuse linebacker Dyshawn Davis hit him from behind as he attempted to pass. Robert Welsh intercepted his floating pass and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown. Clawson said Tuesday that "because the hit was in the head ... we were taking zero chances" and kept the freshman on the bench in street clothes for the rest of the game. Wake Forest (2-5, 0-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) gained 68 total yards after Wolford's exit. Clawson says Wolford had no headaches and show

  • Auburn safety Whitehead reinstated to team

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says safety Jermaine Whitehead has been reinstated to the team. Malzahn said Monday that Whitehead has returned to practice after a four-game suspension for unspecified violations. The fifth-ranked Tigers play South Carolina on Saturday night. Malzahn wouldn't say what Whitehead had to do to be reinstated to the team, or when he might get back on the field. Josh Holsey has started the past four games at safety. Holsey is fourth on the team with 26 tackles. Whitehead's suspension was announced on the eve of the Kansas State game. The two-year starter had 12 tackles and two interceptions through two games.

  • For a young Mexican star, seeing helps him believe

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    The road to the PGA Tour out of Mexico was never going to be easy for Carlos Ortiz, even if it was paved with a measure of privilege. Only five Mexican-born players had ever made it to the PGA Tour. Two of them won tournaments a generation before he was born, the most recent title by Victor Delgado in 1978 at the Ed McMahon-Jaycees Quad City Open. Mexico's golfing icon was a woman, Lorena Ochoa, who grew up at his home club in Guadalajara. The male players Ortiz idolized — Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods — he had seen only on TV or in magazines. So imagine how he felt the day he made his PGA Tour debut. Ortiz had already won twice on the Web.com Tour last spring when he received an invitation to play in

  • New Year's Day bowl in Orlando gets new sponsor

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Buffalo Wild Wings has signed on as the new title sponsor for Orlando's New Year's Day bowl game. Florida Citrus Sports announced the change Tuesday. The move comes after the game's former sponsor, Capital One, recently signed on to sponsor the Orange Bowl game in Miami. The Orlando bowl will now be known be sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings, and pair non-playoff teams from the Big Ten or Atlantic Coast Conference against a Southeastern Conference opponent. The game will take place in the renovated Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium and will be the first time the game has been known as the "Citrus Bowl" since 2003.

  • Virginia Tech DT Maddy will have 2nd knee surgery

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech defensive tackle Luther Maddy will have a second surgery on his injured right knee and miss the remainder of the season. Hokies trainer Mike Goforth says Maddy's recovery time will be 4-6 months and that Maddy will pursue a medical hardship redshirt. Maddy tore the meniscus in his right knee during Virginia Tech's loss to East Carolina on Sept. 13. He played the following week against Georgia Tech. The defensive lineman had surgery Sept. 25 and was expected to return in 2-4 weeks, but has not played since. Maddy can pursue the medical hardship because he has never redshirted at Virginia Tech. Maddy was a preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection this season. He has pl

  • Hats off! Royals get old-timey with tip o' the hat

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nobody seems to know when the tradition of doffing a hat began, though most historians date the practice to the days when bowlers and boaters were in vogue. Nobody seems to know when the Royals picked up the tradition, either. At some point this season, though, Kansas City players started tipping their caps whenever an outfielder made a spectacular catch, or shortstop Alcides Escobar and second baseman Omar Infante turned a difficult double play, or third baseman Mike Moustakas snagged a hard line drive. It was a modest acknowledgment, almost a throwback to another era. But it quickly caught on, becoming one of the iconic images of the Royals' run to the World Series.

  • The preseason SEC order of finish

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The preseason SEC order of finish in women's basketball as predicted by the media and released Tuesday: ___ SEC Champion South Carolina ___ 1. South Carolina, 210 points 2. Tennessee, 191 3. Texas A&M, 179 4. Kentucky, 154 5. Vanderbilt, 150 6. Georgia, 132 7. LSU, 122 8. Mississippi State, 108 9. Florida, 96 10. Auburn, 83 11. Arkansas, 77 11 Missouri, 77 13. Alabama, 74 14.

  • QPR owner says Redknapp, Taarabt embarrassed club

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — The owner of Queens Park Rangers has criticized manager Harry Redknapp for publicly questioning a player's attitude and weight. Winger Adel Taarabt was accused by Redknapp of refusing to train properly and being "about three stone overweight." After Taarabt gave an interview accompanied by pictures showing a slim physique in a paper on Tuesday, Redknapp responded by calling the player "the worst professional I have ever come across." The public dispute has annoyed QPR chairman Tony Fernandes with the team bottom of the Premier League. Fernandes says "Harry Redknapp and Adel Taarabt have been notified of our disappointment regarding their handling of the situation. I have spoken to them both persona

  • All-SEC preseason women's basketball team

    Updated: 19 hr ago

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  • OVC preseason predicted order of finish

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The predicted order of finish for women's basketball in the Ohio Valley Conference as predicted by coaches and sports information directors and released Tuesday. Eleven points for first-place vote, 10 for second, etc. Coaches and sports information directors could not vote for their own teams (with first-place votes in parentheses): 1. Belmont (14) 224 2. UT Martin (3) 203 3. Jacksonville State (2) 189 4. Tennessee Tech 169 5. SIUE 152 6. Tennessee State (2) 144 7. Eastern Kentucky (3) 138 8. Eastern Illinois 92 9. Murray State 83 10. Southeast Missouri 73 11. Austin Peay 71 12.

  • James Harden defends his bad defense

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Much has been said about James Harden's defensive shortcomings. The former Oklahoma City Thunder guard is defending his lack of defense, saying that it's a matter of him staying focused for an entire game. Harden does admit that there's a need for improvement from the Rockets' defense - himself included. "It's not a matter of whether I can or can't play defense," Harden told USA Today. "It's just a matter of me focusing for 48 minutes throughout a game and making sure that I'm always alert on both ends of the floor."

  • Ohio Valley Conference women's preseason team

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    The Ohio Valley Conference preseason women's team as voted on by coaches and sports information directors and released Tuesday: ___ Preseason OVC Player of the Year: Jordyn Luffman, Belmont G/F Jordyn Luffman, Belmont F Sabina Oroszova, Eastern Illinois G Candace Morton, Jacksonville St. G Almesha Jones, Morehead St. F Chelsea Hudson, Tennessee St. F Ashia Jones, UT Martin G Destany McLin, Jacksonville St. G Tiasha Gray, Austin Peay G Keiona Kirby, Murray St.